As we enter Week 8, after we’ve put in all the off-season work of drafting, trading, studying tape, we are past the halfway point in the fantasy regular season. This is the time of year where we as dynasty owners we need to take advantage of that work we’ve put in to buy low players that can catapult our teams into serious contention. Listed below are my top buys going into Week 8 that will put your team over the top.
2017 will go down in history as one of the greatest group of talent the NFL has seen in one draft class. Through their first two seasons, we’ve seen breakouts from Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon but I’m advocating two must own buys from that the 2017 class who have depressed value to date as well as two rookies that need to be on your roster.
Leonard Fournette, Running Back JAX-
Is there a more underrated player in dynasty? Through six weeks, Fournette has amassed the following stats
144 carries (1st)
715 yards (2nd)
5.0 you (10th)
Leonard Fournette, a top four draft selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been scrutinized over the years for lack of work ethic, inability to stay healthy, and inconsistent performances. I believe we are finally seeing the player mature and come into his own. According to reports, Fournette had one of his best camps ever, he’s been healthy, and his play speaks for itself. Over the past four weeks, Fournette has ran the ball 29, 23, 20, and 29 times, while punishing opposing defenses by barreling for 536 yards. When you look closer at his statistics, he’s only 10 yards behind Dalvin Cook (prior to Thursdays game) for the rushing title. He has the most carries but still only one touchdown on the season. The carries, the yards, and even the receptions (28 to date), have been consistent. Fournette is the RB7 on the season but is not being valued as such. He is in line for positive touchdown regression and has the ability to score from any area of the field. During his career, he has averaged one touchdown on every 27 carries but still only one to date this season. If he scored five touchdowns, as his career averages would have expected him to, Fournette would be a top 4 running back and would be valued as such. Injuries have plagued the early part of his career, but Fournette seems fully healthy for the first time since early in his rookie season. When he is heavily involved and healthy, Fournette is a force to be reckoned with averaging 21.12 fantasy points per game in standard full point PPR.
He is producing as an elite RB1 but isn’t being valued as such against flashier players, who aren’t producing anywhere near as well. Fournette provides a safe PPR floor, catching over four balls a game, while averaging over 20 carries per game. Go buy Leonard Fournette! This time next year his value will be much higher and he will lead you to fantasy wins this year.
Corey Davis, Wide Receiver TEN-
To say that Titans 2017 top 5 draft pick, Corey Davis has struggled to put up fantasy relevant numbers would be an understatement but diving deeper I am ready for his breakout. Through the first six weeks, Davis was averaging a pedestrian 7.6 fantasy points per game on just over 4 targets per game. Week 7 was a different story with Ryan Tannehill and Corey Davis was that shining star we have all wanted him to be since he entered the NFL. In Week 7, Corey Davis became the go to guy for the Titans offense, garnering 80 yards on 6 catches and a season-high 7 targets. He also found the end zone for only the second time this season. We are looking at a wide receiver, who entered the NFL with a 96th percentile college dominator, as well as 96th percentile breakout age of 18.7 years old. Match this with his high draft capital and we all expected big things from Davis. Along with other Titans weapons, Mariota was more of a hindrance than help. Under a microscope, Mariota was unwilling to take the chances Ryan Tannehill hopefully will and Davis has the most friendly wide receiver strength of schedule for the remainder of the season. Many owners may not be willing to take the risk on one game this season but Davis is healthy and ready to lead you deep into the playoffs. He will only cost a fraction of his ceiling because many owners have grown tired of the Titans offense. As of today, Davis is the WR53 and at that price, I’m buying for fifty cents on the dollar all day long.
Taking a closer look, he has juicy match-ups when it matters most during your fantasy playoffs
Week 14 @ Oakland Raiders, who are the second worst for fantasy points yielded to wide receivers
Week 15 vs Houston Texans, who has given up the fourth most points to wide receivers
Week 16 vs New Orleans Saints, who also have been friendly to wide receivers allowing the seventh most points to the position
Go buy Davis, who is still only 24 years old, while owners are looking to sell before his value spikes back up.
Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders RB -
Josh Jacobs had a great deal of hype coming into the 2019 season as a first round running back in the NFL draft. He has produced somewhat inconsistently to date, which has provided a buy low window. Jacobs has the talent to be a three-down back and is currently the PPR RB15 on the season but I’m feverishly anticipating a monster second half of the season for this 21- year-old rookie. He will cost you capital for sure but he’s on the verge of propelling himself into elite status for rookie running backs with his upcoming schedule. Jacobs has a top four strength of schedule coming up with some mouth watering scenarios facing five bottom 10 run defenses over the next eight weeks. He is the focal point of this offense and over his last two games, Jacobs is healthy again and being utilized as such with over 53 touches over that time frame, with a pair of touchdowns and over 120 yards each week on the ground. He will be a top 10 running back by years end and you don’t have to pay that yet but the window is closing for sure.
Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings RB -
Elite handcuffs can be the easiest and least expensive way to win a championship. It seems every year one of our favorite fantasy running backs succumbs to injury. While Dalvin Cook has looked amazing this year, his back up, Mattison is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and has the upside to be a league winner. The Boise State running back may be under the radar for some but he’s a player in a tremendous situation behind a solid offensive line, and a coach who has shown he wants to run the ball. Mattison won’t have stand alone value, even though the likelihood of the Vikings utilizing a more balanced workload to keep Dalvin Cook fresh is possible. It’s an insurance policy for the Cook owner but a lottery ticket for anyone looking to score big!